The Flash Memory Revolution
How has flash memory changed your life? You may know the important role flash memory has had in revolutionizing photography. Most of us now have digital cameras with some style of flash memory like CompactFlash, Memory Sticks, Secure Digital (SD) Memory Cards, or Micro SD. Cameras can now take and store lots of high resolution photos, and quality cameras and high storage capacity flash memory is in the price range of most consumers. Digital technology along with flash memory has changed virtually everything about photography - from the newest amateur to the most seasoned professional.
Flash Memory has Already Changed Technology
Photography isn't the only thing flash memory has changed. Anyone who ever carried around 3.5” computer disks or even a 5.25” floppy disk knows how much easier it is to use USB flash drives for transporting data. The standard way to carry programs and data between computers for decades seemed to become obsolete overnight - along with the frustrating “Unable to read disk” error.
You may not be as aware, however, of the role flash memory has had in changing the music industry. What do you think is holding all your music in your MP3 player or iPod? Flash memory, of course.
Flash memory has made carrying our favorite music with us easier than ever. We can hold and play thousands of songs on a miniature device that is almost weightless. Plus, our iPods and MP3 players are much more durable than CDs that are so prone to scratches and nicks that in turn cause skips and freezing. (Not to mention the frustration of trying to use a Discman!) As the storage ability of flash memory continues to increase we have been able to go beyond music. We can download TV shows, videos, and even full length movies onto tiny portable devices.
Flash Memory Will Continue to Influence Technology
Now flash memory is changing the book world. Currently, Amazon is selling more books for their Kindle than they are selling paper books. Who knows what flash will do next, but it is hard to image a future that includes using digital discs for watching video when you can store just as much, if not more, digital video content on a device smaller than your thumb, plus it is much more robust than a DVD. Currently, flash memory is not as efficient and cost effective as a hard drive for hosting a computer operating system, but that could very well change in the future as flash drive capability continues to improve.
Besides the computer and the internet, it is hard to think of a recent technology that has had as much of an influence on our lives as flash memory has, and it has the potential to change it even more.